Brazil’s Balancing Act

Brazil’s Balancing Act: Reconciling the Demands of Economic Development, Environmental Protection and Indigenous Rights

March 5, 2013
2-5 pm 

Experts working in diverse fields – including economic development, international business, environmental protection, international law, human rights and indigenous rights – will examine the intersecting interests and responsibilities of those working in sometimes conflicting sectors.


The event will be moderated by Dean Bruce Magid of the Brandeis International Business School.

The symposium will provide a forum for dialogue about how Brazil might best fulfill its local, national, and international obligations.


2:00 – Welcome and introductions
2:15-3:30 – Panelist remarks
3:30-3:45 – Short break
3:45 – 4:45 – Moderated discussion with panelists, followed by Q&A with audience
4:45 – Reception (all are welcome)


Harry Potter Alliance Update

HPA Update by Nina Hersher, Co-president of the Harry Potter Alliance: Imagine Better

Last semester alum Andrew Slack ’02, came to speak on campus which lead to the creation of the “The Harry Potter Alliance: Imagine Better,” chapter at Brandeis University! Just instituted in Fall of 2012 , we are looking forward to launching ourselves into effective and fun social justice projects this semester. Last semester the HPA held a book drive for the Children’s Hospital in Boston which was a smashing success.

What we do:
The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) is a 501c3 nonprofit that takes an outside-of-the-box approach to civic engagement by using parallels from the Harry Potter books to educate and mobilize young people across the world toward issues of literacy, equality, and human rights. Our mission is to empower our members to act like the heroes that they love by acting for a better world. By bringing together fans of blockbuster books, TV shows, movies, and YouTube celebrities we are harnessing the power of popular culture toward making our world a better place. Our goal is to make civic engagement exciting by channeling the entertainment-saturated facets of our culture toward mobilization for deep and lasting social change.

As we enter the new semester…

–    We will have a table at the winter involvement fair this Sunday the 20th from 1-3pm.
–    This Wednesday the 23rd will be our first meeting and we encourage anyone interested to attend! It will be held at 7:30 in the Peace Room located in Usdan.

Co-presidents Nina Hersher and Sarah Zoloth may be contacted for further information at or

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Hiatt co-sponsors SoJust Leadership Forum (2/11), capstone ‘DEIS Impact! event


Brandeis University’s 2nd Annual
SoJust Leadership Forum

Monday, February 11, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center

The SoJust Forum will be the capstone event that comprises ‘DEIS Impact, a “festival of social Justice” at Brandeis. Featuring Brandeis alumni in diverse fields including education, law, activism, this networking event will inspire current Brandeis students to see how their passions and experiences – through academics, volunteerism, internships and campus leadership – can translate into a career in public service and social justice.


Undergraduate RSVP: B.hired > Events > Forums

Great Law School Forum opportunity!

Brandeis University’s Annual
Law School Forum

Monday, November 5, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld

Admissions representatives from 15+ East Coast law schools will be on campus for this special event, sponsored by the Hiatt Career Center. All Brandeis students and alumni are welcome to attend.

Careful research and thoughtful preparation of questions to ask law school representatives are strongly suggested.  This is a very special opportunity to present yourself in a small setting.

Brandeis students: RSVP via B.hired > Events > Career Forums

Professional dress is required.

National Cohesion in Insecure States: Experiences from Africa

From October 15th to the 19th, Michael Noureddine Kassa will be in residence as Brandeis as a Distinguished Visitor of the International Center for Ethic, Justice and Public Life. his Keynote Address will be on Thursday, October 18th, from 5:00 to 6:30 at the Rapaporte Treasure Hall at the Goldfarb Library. For more information on other events that Michel N. Kassa will be hosting or participating in, check this website.

Attend the International Day of Peace!

Come join the International Day of Peace Festival! Stefan Schindler will be lecturing at 2pm in the Geller Conference Room.
FREE BEN AND JERRY’S ICE CREAM will be provided afterwards at 4p.m, along with vegetarian snacks. Moreover, performances will be held on Chapels Field, including Company B, WBRS Music, and other fun activities. See you there!

SJSP Upcoming Events

1. Join in the International Day of Peace Festival! On September 21st at t 2pm in Geller Conference Room you are invited to hear Stefan Schindler’s lecture Trifecta from Hell: Despoliation, Proliferation, Klepto-Capitalism. A panel discussion following. Then, from 4-6pm, FREE BEN AND JERRY’S ICE CREAM, vegetarian snacks, Company B, WBRS Music, and other fun activities on Chapels Field.

2. Movie screening of Jai Bhim Comrade, followed by Q&A with Indian film maker, Anand Pawardhan. October 4th, 7-10pm in the SCC Theater–food will be provided!

3. Save the Date for Soli Sorabjee Lecture in South Asian Studies, “Constructing Fictions: Prose, Politics, and Pakistan” — Wednesday, October 17th at 5pm in Mandel Center Forum.

4. To any students interested in coordinating a short presentation at Brandeis for the MEDLIFE (Medicine, Education, and Development for Low Income Families) and their One Billion+ Campaign on either Tuesday, September 25th or Wednesday, September 26th please contact Elizabeth Shank at 207-433-0576.

5. Check out the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project event! Professor Julia Watts Belser will lecture on “Brides and Blemishes, Queering Women’s Disability in the Babylonian Talmud” — October 4th at 5pm in Mandel Humanities Center, G12.

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